Welcome to Food Pantry, LAX
A Ministry of of the Westchester/Ladera Clergy Association Since 1985
Donations are Always Welcome and Encouraged
Food Pantry, LAX is an emergency food resource for low income clients in Inglewood, Westchester, El Segundo, Hawthorne and portions of Los Angeles. Our policy is to provide food for 2 days or six meals to our clients. Clients may come to the Pantry once per week.
Our operating hours are 10am-Noon on Tuesdays and Fridays. Clients are required to have some identification or information showing they are in our serving area, but there are no income qualifications.
Food Donation Guidelines
Recently we were asked on our contact form what are the guidelines for food donations. That was a good question because some foods are much better for donation than others. For example, anything in glass containers can get broken during handling and are not good items to donate. Please check out our Food Pantry LAX Suggested Menu Flyer for more details about the best items to donate.
History and Description of Food Pantry, LAX
Food Pantry, LAX was established in 1985 under the auspices of the Westchester/Ladera Clergy Association as a community based means of feeding the poor in our community. Our mission is to provide food in the form of groceries to low and no income families and individuals in our service area. We distribute bags of groceries sufficient to provide meals for 1-2 days to the families that come to the Food Pantry each week. We do food distribution twice per week on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10am to noon. Our service area is bounded roughly by the eastern boundary of Inglewood, Jefferson Blvd on the north, Imperial Highway on the south, and the Pacific Ocean.
Food Pantry, LAX is entirely volunteer based - there is no paid staff. There is, however, a lot of community support for the program and we are beneficiaries of food drives and other efforts by the local churches, businesses, and Loyola Marymount University.
We try to provide a nutritionally balanced bag of groceries to our clients each week with the menu varying from week to week depending on what food we are able to obtain. In addition to the food we receive from the Westside Food Bank, we also buy food at commercial food outlets such as 99 Cent stores, Food 4 Less or other discount grocery stores, to make sure we can provide the nutritional balance we want to give. Several of the churches in the community grow fresh food stuffs which we also use as we receive it. We are the beneficiaries of bread from several local supermarkets and a commercial bakery.
In the last year (2013-2014), we provided bags of groceries each week to about 250 families which provide meals to around 600 people. The number of people we feed went up about 10% per year during the recession. About two-thirds of our clients are women, and one-quarter are children. Our records show 3% are veterans and another 5% are homeless. We prepare special grocery bags for the homeless we serve knowing they have limited ability to cook. About 30% of our clients are senior citizens. Our clients appear to cut across all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. A significant number of them are families, many of which are single parent households. We do not require evidence of need, but we do require some identification so we know the people we serve come from our serving area and so we can remind them they can only get groceries once per week.